The first week in March will see small businesses and budding entrepreneurs gather across the country for Local Enterprise Week 2020.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, thousands of attendees are expected at over 300 events across the country during the week aimed at supporting small businesses and fostering entrepreneurship.

The programme events being run by Local Enterprise Office Laois for Local Enterprise Week 2020 has been launched and with a range of FREE events taking place from the 2nd – 6th March, there is something for everyone. There will be a good opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to participate in workshops, seminars and one-to-one mentoring clinics including social media, website healthcheck, sales, marketing, business planning and Brexit.  Businesses will have an opportunity to learn how to promote their business and   grow brand awareness by taking   part  in our  Visual Storytelling Workshop which will be held  in the Portarlington Enterprise Centre on Monday 2nd March.   

Women in Business are invited to an afternoon of Wellness and Gentle Yoga at Blackhill Retreat, Abbeyleix on Tuesday 3rd . This  will be a chance to discuss mindfulness and share tools to equip attendees  with the right guidance to support their own unique business and lifestyle. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

In our  evening workshop‘Goal Setting Made Easy’ on  Wednesday 4th March, renowned inspirational and business speaker Gerry Duffy will take attendees on a journey to uncover the daily core habits needed to drive their business to higher growth. Learn about the two types of thinking required for business today, who the most successful business people surround themselves with and how to excel in the discipline of staying focused to get the most out of your week.

Are you afraid to make money in your business?  Blaise Brosnan will deliver a masterclass in the Pantry Cafe on Thursday evening  where he will examine the critical issues which are currently facing businesses and look at practical strategies to solve these and make more money.

Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office ; “Local Enterprise Week is a chance for small businesses and for those possible future start-ups to see the full range of supports out there for them.  No matter what their business challenge or sector the Local Enterprise Offices will be putting on events for everyone, be it LEAN workshops, pitch training, trading online, sales and marketing, mastering social media, or simply, how to start a business, then it will be covered.  It is also a great chance to network and broaden your connections in business so use it to the advantage of your business, or business idea.”

Successful local entrepreneur, Ladonna McCartan,The Pantry Café and Nook and Cranny is also lending her support to Local Enterprise Week : ‘‘Local Enterprise week is a hugely useful resource for anyone who is in business or looking to set up a business. It serves to connect business people with the state agencies that are there to help and support them and really there is an awful lot of really good initiatives going on.  I would encourage people to take time out to have a look at what’s on and in turn plan to set aside some time to participate in the events that are specifically relevant to them. It will be time well spent.”

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The Local Enterprise Offices located in the local authorities and funded through Enterprise Ireland support over 7,000 small Irish businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide.  Since their establishment in 2014 they have helped create over 18,000 jobs and provide a range of supports to small businesses including mentoring, training and sector specific expert to help guide businesses at any stage of their development.

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